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  • mrsjohnclaggart: Thank you, PorgyAmor. 3:12 AM
  • Porgy Amor: Here is the longer of the two versions of the much-discussed (but hitherto not linked) Washington Post article.... 2:11 AM
  • m. croche: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=r0qE UMX2UaE 1:52 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Thanks for your comments. Actually, the blog’s name was a friend’s idea. It wasn’t specifically about leaving... 1:51 AM
  • OpinionatedNeophyte: Oh yeah. It totes makes sense to ask black men, still least likely to get hired and first to get fired, their public... 1:41 AM
  • Ruxxy: I suspect the public face would say the same thing. A white Otello is as ridiculous as a one legged Tarzan. It’s just a pity... 12:57 AM
  • antikitschychick: steveac10 asks: “If a work of art offends some because of attitudes it portrays that were accepted at the time of... 12:53 AM
  • m. croche: Aiyo, I botched the nesting. This was in response to Steveac above. 12:51 AM

Quand viendra l’instant des suprêmes adieux

The Met press department just announced: “Tenor Marcello Giordani has decided to withdraw from the remaining four performances of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, permanently retiring the role of Aeneas from his repertory. In his place, American tenor Bryan Hymel [pictured] will make his Met debut, singing the role on December 26, December 29 matinee, January 1, and January 5 matinee (the date of the global HD transmission).” Read more »

Wingless victory

Of particular visual interest in last weekend’s Lohengrin (though not perhaps so tantalizing as Jonas Kaufmann‘s aristocratic bare feet, pictured above) is the very obvious change in the staging that was made between the antegenerale (in which Anja Harteros sang Elsa) and the telecast opening night. Read more »

Once in half a lifetime

Then and now: the “Dio ti giocondi, o sposo” duet from Otello, as telecast 34 years apart: September 25, 1978 and October 27, 2012. Read more »

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Scent of mystery

La Cieca has been sniffing around her generally reliable (and fragrant) sources, and she thinks she has pieced together a list of the dozen operas to be featured in the 2013-2014 season of “The Met: Live in HD.”

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Träume Center

This is Ring week here at parterre.com, cher public.

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It’s the pictures that got small

Norma, from Teatro Antico, Taormina, Italy.”

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Screen and screen again

The New York Times sends cub reporter (Get it? Cub reporter! Oh, La Cieca is killing herself with the puns!) Zachary Woolfe to the movie palaces of the heartland.

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Red all over

You’ve heard what it sounded like; now you can see Saturday afternoon’s HD of La traviata, thanks to YouTube.

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Slow curtain, the end

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for the Met’s HD audience on Saturday

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Recovered girl

Here’s a bit of good news for all you Traviata fans with tickets for tomorrow night’s Met performance or Saturday afternoon’s HD.

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